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Posted: May 6th 2010 5:11PM (Unverified) said

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1500 copies in what? Three days? How are they making money any more? :P

Posted: May 6th 2010 5:17PM (Unverified) said

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It's not uncommon for subscription MMOs to move towards a point where they'll drop the up-front charge in order to encourage people to subscribe (and hopefully stick around). Fallen Earth seems to be doing this in a controlled and limited manner to start with.
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Posted: May 6th 2010 5:17PM karnisov said

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my guess is they aren't selling units, so now they are trying the free client approach.
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Posted: May 6th 2010 8:04PM MewmewGrrl said

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The real money comes from subscribers long term, rather than selling the game.

Tho I admit that it's pretty cool getting it free at a time when it's not free :D
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Posted: May 6th 2010 5:10PM Neurasthenic said

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Holy cow, this is great.
Thanks!

Posted: May 6th 2010 5:11PM (Unverified) said

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Hooray for free things! Thanks Massively!

Posted: May 6th 2010 5:28PM (Unverified) said

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... who the eff would want these ?

I shot this rabid-dog down after 2 hours of gameplay.

Posted: May 6th 2010 5:30PM (Unverified) said

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Shall I get you your coat?
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Posted: May 6th 2010 5:24PM (Unverified) said

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You have to enter payment info?? I take it they are hoping ppl forget to cancel once the 30 days are up..

Posted: May 6th 2010 5:39PM Neurasthenic said

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I can't think of a single pay-to-play MMO out there that doesn't require payment info when you register a product key...

There may be some out there, but they would be exceptions to the rule.
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Posted: May 6th 2010 5:43PM karnisov said

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@neurasthenic: lotro does not require payment info when you register a product key.
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Posted: May 7th 2010 3:28AM kasapina said

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The biggest p2p mmo, WoW, also does not require any info from you. You can just select "prepaid game time card" (or whatever the name was) and be off without giving you credit card number.
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Posted: May 6th 2010 7:05PM (Unverified) said

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Yay! Been wanting to try this game, did not want to pay the box price. 15.00 to see if it sucks isn't too bad, and I've been craving a new game.

Thanks, Massively

Posted: May 6th 2010 6:02PM jpkustra said

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I personally didn't like the game but I think it's awesome that a company is willing to give out their product for free. It shows they are confident in what they deliver. Good job, FE team!

Posted: May 6th 2010 6:10PM (Unverified) said

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Would love to try but can't access the website to register right now.


Just plain Fruity.

Posted: May 6th 2010 6:26PM Khorrax said

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Kinda sucks that I have to enter some credit card number (yes, I don't have one). Anyway, thanks for the giveaway.

Posted: May 6th 2010 6:30PM Dustystrike said

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Just for clarification, once i've clicked claim my key, is that with me or if someone else uses it before me its gone? I ask because I dont have my credit card with me right now so i cant use the key right away.

Posted: May 6th 2010 6:31PM JoeH42 said

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Keep in mind, as far as I know, you can also use paypal to set up an account subscription. And yes, I imagine they are hoping that some people accidently pay for an extra month when the time is up. But I think most people will like the game enough to want to continue playing, and for those who accidently buy an extra month when the time comes: It's your own fault! And for those who think this is a sign FE isn't selling, I just view this as an extended free trial (which most MMOs give you a free trial of one length or another) but without any of the trial restrictions. I also don't remember where I heard this, so could be completely wrong, but FE has been pulling in about 35k new subscribers per week over the past few weeks so I think the game is growing steadily. If you watch the help channel a lot you see most new players saying they love the game and are going to sub and very rarely see someone who's not enjoying it. But no game is for everyone...

Posted: May 6th 2010 6:43PM karnisov said

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i have a hard time believing the 35k a week new sub figure. the ~70% layoffs almost certainly indicate its not growing like that.
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Posted: May 6th 2010 6:33PM JoeH42 said

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Dustystrike, my uncle and I each grabbed a free code key (I'm going to give mine to my next door neighbor and he's going to give his to his best friend since we both already have paid subs) and his key and mine are completely different. So I'm guessing each free key is unique and you shouldn't have any problems. However I think they indicated you need to use it by the end of May 16th or so.

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